Saturday, November 03, 2007

The Search for Makwan Moloudzadeh

A few days ago I got into a mini battle with a local blogger called AtlMalcontent. To make a short story even shorter, he posted about Makwan Moloudzadeh, an Iranian man scheduled to be executed for having Lavat (anal sex) when he was 13 years old. AM said he was 14, when in fact he is 21. I objected to this, said a few things about Amnesty International, which AM objected to.
A good time was had by all, with the possible exception of Mr. Moloudzadeh.
My curiosity was aroused. I looked in Google for more information, and found out a few things.
The Internet being the omnivore that it is, when you go looking for something, you are liable to find anything. Keep a grain of salt handy.
The bad news is, I learned little new about Makwan Moloudzadeh or Amnesty International. Most of the google entries( my post was number 15) are a rehashing of the Amnesty Report, with little new information. I still have questions as to why the government (is it local, regional, or national?) is pulling this case out of the files 8 years after the fact. I suspect that some bigshot has a problem with Mr. Moloudzadeh, and this is a handy charge to throw at him. This would not be an inspiring call to arms.
I did find a site by Amnesty that listed Mr. Moloudzadeh. He is not shown any priority over the other cases listed on the page. Amnesty seems to have a reasonable balance, with cases from literally all over the world. I had been concerned that maybe they were showing preferred treatment to the Moloudzadeh case to win favor with the Bush Regime.
The original post by Malcontent had a link to Kamingir. He is an Iranian national living in Canada, and has quite a lively site. There are lots of pictures of people being hung, including a fortune teller in Qom. Evidently fortune tellers aren't the magnets for activism that gays are.
Gayswithoutborders is an activist group on the order of Amnesty International or Medecins Sans Frontieres. GWB (note initials) has a story on "Alex". He fled Iran to live in Greece, where he met his lover. Now, he is fighting deportation back to Iran. There is another story about the problems faced by Gays in US occupied Iraq.
Stopchildexecutions is a myspace page that tries to do what its name says. As mentioned above, the hangman is busy in Iran, and they don't have a problem with executing minors. "While we are gathered by the fire singing Christmas songs, I want the children in the cold prison cells in Iran to know that they are not forgotten. I want them to feel hope that they have another chance at life. We are a completely volunteer based organization, so every penny goes directly to the campaign." said Nazanin.

According to the United Nations, a child is a person under the age of 18. Despite the fact that the government of Iran has signed International Covenants that forbid them to execute anyone who has allegedly committed an offence before the age of 18, they continue to do so. Amnesty International has documented 24 executions of child offenders in Iran since 1990. In many cases, these minors have been imprisoned until the age of 18 and then executed. Currently, there are over 80 minors on death row in Iran. "

TheGayDissenter is a german-english affair. In meiner Anmerkung zu JK Rowlings Dumbledore-Outing hatte ich mich gefragt:

As a reward to all of those who have read this far, the last two sites I will link to are a lot of fun. Proceed At Own Risk is a ribald New Yukker, with lots of great pictures. He has a post called "Islam, Gay Genocide and George W. Bush", which is not complimentary of our fearless leader. Apparently the persecution of Gays is more widespread than Iran. "Considering that insanely wealthy and grotesquely oil-powerful barbaric nations like the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait are among our closest allies--and that their royal families are among the close personal friends of the Bush and Cheney families, one has to wonder just how much these artifacts of Medieval times inform Bush administration policy when it comes to the treatment of gay Americans...The United States devotes billions of dollars of the world's most advanced military technology and American troops to function as private security forces for the absolute monarchs of these nations in exchange for control of the oil fields. And no one in Washington--Republican or Democrat-- seems particularly troubled by the fact that when they pull their cars, limos and SUV's into the nearest gas station, they're not pumping gas, rather they are pumping the blood of gay children."
This is on top of a tribute to the Empire State Building titled "The ESB: My Favorite Erection".
Then there is QueerJihad. What a great name for something. And they are jam packed with hours of entertainment. There is the story of Fatah and Hamas seeking to discredit each other by releasing videos of officials in compromising situations.
There are quotes from Ayatollah Khomeini
A man can have sexual pleasure from a child as young as a baby. However he should not penetrate, sodomising the child is OK. If the man penetrates and damages the child then he should be responsible for her subsistence all her life. This girl, however does not count as one of his four permanent wives.
The man will not be eligible to marry the girls sister.
From Khomeini's book, "Tahrirolvasyleh", fourth volume, Darol
Elm, Gom, Iran, 1990

It is better for a girl to marry in such a time when she would
begin menstruation at her husband's house rather than her father's home. Any father marrying his daughter so young will have a permanent place in heaven.
From Khomeini's book, "Tahrirolvasyleh", fourth volume, Darol
Elm, Gom, Iran, 1990

A man can have sex with animals such as sheep, cows, camels and so on.
However he should kill the animal after he has his orgasm. He
should not sell the meat to the people in his own village, however
selling the meat to the next door village should be fine.

From Khomeini's book, "Tahrirolvasyleh", fourth volume, Darol
Elm, Gom, klkibv Iran, 1990


"If one commits the act of sodomy with a cow, a ewe, or a
camel, their urine and their excrements become impure, and
even their milk may no longer be consumed. The animal must
then be killed and as quickly as possible and burned."

The little green book, Sayings of Ayatollah Khomeini,
Political, Phylosophica, Social and Religious with a special
introduction by Clive Irving, ISBN number 0-553-14032-9, page

There was this tidbit:
TWO men in Saudi Arabia have been sentenced to 7000 lashes each after being convicted of sodomy and have received their first round of punishment in public, a newspaper said today.

At one point in this weeks discussion, Malcontent said thus: "Amnesty requires scrutiny? Would you be saying that if they publicized a similar incident in, say, Saudi Arabia (one of our alleged allies)?
Back to QueerJihad, which is more fun than feeding Mike Vick to a room of starving pit bulls.
Aside from lots of stories about Arab/Persian men who enjoy the company of other men, there is the stories of what the soldiers are finding in Afghanistan.Culturally, Afghanistan seems to share some of the traits of the ancient Greeks. According to one Afghan soldier, "Women are for babies, and men are for pleasure." This place American, British and Australian special operators in a unique and precarious predicament in how to deal with southern Afghanistan's flagrantly homosexual community, which appeared to be quite extensive, especially in the isolated mountainous regions of Afghanistan.
"Well..with this new development...the SF 1 Qualification Course developers at Fort Bragg are now going to have to incorporate a new lesson: how to deal with gays in an unconventional warfare environment", said one of the Green Berets.
British Marines also had their share of interactions with the 'Girly boys". According to journalist Chris Stephen, British Marines had sent patrols into the mountains near the town of Khost, hoping to catch up with AQ suspects who the week before had fought a four-hour gun battle with soldiers of the Australian SAS. When they came out of the mountains, they claim they were swarmed by local farmers, who stroked their hair, offered to paint their toenails, and propositioned them for sex.
"They were more terrifying then the AQ. One bloke who had painted toenails was offering to paint ours," recalled Marine James Fletcher.
"It was hell," added British Marine Corporal Paul Richard. "Every village we went to, we got a group of men wearing makeup coming out, stroking our hair and cheeks and making kissing noises. Some of the guys turned tail and fled. It was hideous."

"I think a lot of the problem is that they don't have the women around a lot," said one British Marine.

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Blogger Leonardo Marin-Saavedra said...

we love Makwan. Nosotros amamos a Makwan. The Latin-American Anglican Church Mensaje de protesta ante la setencia de muerte contra la vida del joven Makwan por ser homosexual. Las autoridades de la República de Iran, serán sus asesinos. Nuestra Iglesia rechaza el acto de matar. Matar a un ser humano y a un ser vivo es pecado ante Dios y se alejan cada día mas de la creación del Todopoderoso. London, Ontario, Canada Diciembre 4, 2007 Señores: Gobierno República Islámica de Iran - Autoridades civiles, militares y eclesiásticas Iraníes La Iglesia Anglicana Latino-Americana, Sínodo de las Americas y el Caribe, rechaza en forma contundente, la setencia de muerte de la vida del joven homosexual Makwan. Creemos que matar a un ser humano es pecado ante Dios y que nadie tiene autoridad para ejecutar la vida de un ser creado a imagen y semejanza de Dios. La vida de un ser humano es superior a su gusto o prefeencia sexual. Hacemos un llamado a las autoridades de la República Islámica de Iran, para que dejen de ser asesinos. Detengan la setencia a muerte de los hijos de Dios y solicitamos oraciones a todos los grupos de cristianos del mundo, para que se desintegre, de una vez por todas, el oficio de matar en el mundo la vida humana y animal. Cada cristiano debe enviar cartas de protesta contra esta nueva masacre que pretenden ejecutar en Iran. Dios perdone a sus verdugos y que el mismo les conceda su castigo. Matar es pecado - Odiar es pecado - Discriminar es pecado - Amar y defender la vida es de Dios. Todos a la defensa de la vida y en busca de la justicia y el perdón, + Leonardo Marin-Saavedra. Archbishop. + Lic I. Canot. Obispo.

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